George Chkiantz

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George Chkiantz is a British recording engineer, based in London, who has been responsible for the engineering on a number of well-known albums, many of which are considered classics, owing in part to the quality of the recordings.


Chkiantz was the recording engineer of the Small Faces self-titled debut album, recorded for Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate Records label. Chkiantz was a staff engineer at Olympic Studios at the same time that the Jimi Hendrix Experience was recording Axis: Bold As Love. During the session with the Small Faces, Chkiantz engineered the song "Green Circles", which represented the first use of mono flanging on a pop record; he subsequently perfected the technique on their landmark 1967 single "Itchycoo Park".[1]

Upon hearing the result, Jimi Hendrix and his engineer, Eddie Kramer applied Chkiantz's concepts, creating stereo phasing on the songs "Bold As Love" and "Little Wing".[2] Deciding to utilize his abilities more fully, Hendrix hired Chkiantz to customise the studio's equipment for Axis. Chkiantz was credited in the production as "tape operator."[2] Hendrix used to refer to George Chkiantz and Eddie Kramer's stereo phasing technique as the sound he had been "hearing in his dreams".[3]

Chkiantz also worked with the group Family, who appeared on the bill with the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in July 1969, before assisting Glyn Johns on the Stones' album Let It Bleed. In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, he worked with The Soft Machine, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, King Crimson and Led Zeppelin.[4]

Selective discography[edit]

As engineer unless otherwise specified:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Macdonald, Marie-Paule (January 2016). Jimi Hendrix: Soundscapes. Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1780235301.
  2. ^ a b Moskowitz, David V., ed. (November 2015). The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World. Greenwood. ISBN 978-1440803390.
  3. ^ "Jimi Hendrix's 11 greatest tracks". MusicRadar. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ McPherson, Ian (2000–18). "Why Don't We Sing This Song All Together?". Time is on our Side. Retrieved 3 April 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  5. ^ "George Chkiantz". Rate Your Music. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Massey, Howard (1 October 2015). The Great British Recording Studios. Hal Leonard. ISBN 978-1458421975.
  • Reddon, Frank (2008). Sonic Boom:The Impact Of Led Zeppelin (Break & Enter). Enzepplopedia Publishing. ISBN 978-0978444600.